Midnight In The Desert — food

Man Claims to Eat Electricity Instead of Food

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Man Claims to Eat Electricity Instead of Food

If you thought looking at the eclipse was bad, this is worse. Kids of any and all ages and guys drinking beer with friends in need of entertainment – DON’T try this at home. A man in northern India (where else, other than Florida?) claims he has the ability to draw energy directly from an electrical socket and thus needs no food to survive. If the opening warning wasn’t enough, even Frankenstein’s monster thought this was too risky. “Whenever I feel hungry and there’s no food in the house I hold naked wires and within half an hour I’m satisfied....

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Protein produced with electricity to alleviate world hunger

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Protein produced with electricity to alleviate world hunger

​A batch of single-cell protein has been produced by using electricity and carbon dioxide in a joint study by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Protein produced in this way can be further developed for use as food and animal feed. The method releases food production from restrictions related to the environment. The protein can be produced anywhere renewable energy, such as solar energy, is available. "In practice, all the raw materials are available from the air. In the future, the technology can be transported to, for instance, deserts and other areas facing...

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Crop-destroying armyworm 'major threat' to world farming

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Crop-destroying armyworm 'major threat' to world farming

A crop-destroying caterpillar native to the Americas is "spreading rapidly" in Africa and threatens farming worldwide, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) warned on Monday. Two species of the fall armyworm, which can devastate maize production, have been found in Ghana, and could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, according to the Britain-based not-for-profit group. "This is the first time it has been shown that both species or strains are established on mainland Africa" CABI chief scientist Matthew Cock said after analysis was conducted in the group's labs. "Urgent action will be needed to prevent devastating losses to...

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Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater

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Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater

Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater 1The world’s first farm to use seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of a desert just opened. Using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power, and desalinated water, Sundrop Farms situated in Port Augusta – a desert area in Australia – works agricultural voodoo. Without resorting to pesticides, needing to rely on rainfall, or turning to fossil fuels to power their 20-hectare farm, their system is proving to be a sustainable show-boat for growing food in new ways. Sundrop’s ability to carry...

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Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

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Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason? It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future. Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies. The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is...

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